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Two of Eastern Europe's bravest dissidents on the temptation of disillusionment after liberation saw a wave of greed, corruption, hedonism and cynicism.
NATO's current strategic framework might fail to deter further gains by Russia's green men.
Without fundamental fiscal reform, the economies of the European periphery will be weak and increasingly subject to Teutonic domination.
As the world looks back at World War I, another anniversary looms large.
"In short, Germany failed to consider the strategic risk its Ukraine policy presented for itself and its neighbors and allies."
World War I could have gone very differently.
"Chemical weapons require a relatively low investment, can cause severe psychological and physical effects and are agents of disruption."
Both nations have different views about where the balance between liberty and security should be struck.
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